Poll: Bachmann leads by 9 points

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A SurveyUSA poll commissioned by KSTP-TV found U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann leads her DFL challenger Tarryl Clark 48 percent to 39 percent. Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson garnered 6 percent, and independent candidate Aubrey Immelman got 2 percent. Five percent of respondents say they are undecided. 

Clark bested Bachmann among women and Bachmann led among tea party supporters.

Clark got the support of 47 percent of women in the poll while 39 percent supported Bachmann. Fifty-six percent of men picked Bachmann at 56 percent, compared to only 31 percent for Clark.

Forty-five percent of those polled support the tea party movement, while 33 percent oppose it. Those that support it went to Bachmann by 86 percent. Eighty-two percent of those that oppose it picked Clark.

Surprisingly, the district trends pro-choice on the issue of abortion: 49 percent identified as pro-choice and 46 percent pro-life.

Party affiliation in the poll was 36 percent Republican, 28 percent DFL and 31 percent independent.